WBGO Journal

Saturday 6:30am - 7am

Hosted by Doug Doyle

The WBGO Journal is an award-winning half-hour news magazine that airs Saturdays at 6 am. Reports and analysis, informative interviews and features.

Care Cube
Care Cube

As concern grows among public health authorities over a surge in coronavirus infection, hospitals struggling to cope with the challenge of caring for people during the pandemic have a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

A new, low-cost portable isolation unit that promises to cut a number of expenditures, including those for personal protective equipment, is set to begin production soon. 

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature on Care Cube.



WBGO News continues with its series of interviews with area university and college representatives to find out their plans for the Fall Semester during the coronavirus pandemic.

This week WBGO News Intern Tyra Brooks checks in with Montclair State University's V.P. of Student Life Dr. Karen Pennington.

Click above to hear the entire conversation.


Immigration advocates in New Jersey are praising a two-year old state program that provides free legal aid to people in federal immigration detention. More than HALF of detainees who were provided with lawyers by the program were released. 

One of detainees who got released was North Plainfield resident Fernando Fernandez Dominguez … who was picked up during an ICE raid in 20-17. Fernandez Dominguez had a private attorney but was not happy with the attorney’s representation. It wasn’t until he got a lawyer through Rutgers University’s legal clinic that he got released.

Governor Murphy: Large Indoor Parties Must Stop!

Jul 30, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, once again, implored young people to not gather for large parties. especially inside.  

"Having that notion." I get it; we get it. We've all had our routines turned upside down for the past four months and we want to blow off some steam with friends. I can't fault -- none of us can fault anyone for having that notion" 

At the same time, Governor Murphy says crowded house parties just can't happen right now.  

"Around more efficiently." They are not safe, period. They are how coronavirus gets passed around more efficiently."

Brit Harley / Newark Public Radio/WBGO

Newark native, Khajuaan Walker, is the visionary behind Coal Crown Creative; a lifestyle brand committed to exploring what it means to be Black and a self-advocate through programming and self-expression. Be heard, be loved, and be accomplished are the three pillars that all CCC programs and initiatives are grounded in. Coal Crown Creative released “Classically Beautiful”, two filmed discussions that featured Black women and their relationship to internal and external beauty.

Judge Esther Salas

Last Sunday, the North Brunswick home of U.S. Federal Judge Esther Salas was the scene of a gruesome shooting which left Judge Salas’s 20-year-old son Daniel dead and her husband seriously wounded. The next day, in upstate New York, police found the body of the alleged shooter, Roy Den Hollander, who had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

WBGO contributor Bob Hennelly who also covers the Federal civil service for the Chief Leader newspaper joined Journal host and WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Bloomfield College
Doug Doyle for WBGO News

Over the next few weeks on the WBGO Journal, WBGO News intern and Bloomfield College student Tyra Brooks will be interviewing representatives of area universities and colleges, focusing on their plans for the fall semester.

This week Brooks chats with the President of Bloomfield College Dr. Marcheta Evans.

Click above to hear the entire conversation.

Dupré Do It All Kelly of the legendary hip-hop group The Lords Of The Undergroud has released new music nearly two years in the making, and in the midsts of a global pandemic. The Newark native, activist, and former candidate for city council, recently sat down with WBGO's Alexandra Hill to talk about his latest solo project, the message behind the new single Keep The Faith featuring Mayor Ras Baraka, Hip-Hop and Politics, conversations with 2Pac and much more. 

Two River Theater
Cassie Galasetti

 Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ  kicks off its series of benefit online play readings with Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine on Sunday July 26 at 7pm.  

The show originally premiered at Two River Theater in 2015.

Your Blues Ain't Sweet Like Mine's playwright and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson and original cast member Brandon J. Dirden joined WBGO News Director on a Zoom chat to talk about this explosive and hopeful examination of American's Racial Divide. 


WBGO's Doug Doyle has the latest on how New York City and New Jersey are handling the coronavirus pandemic when so many other states are seeing a surge in cases.

Jon Kalish
Jon Kalish

Here's a story about two city dwellers who moved from Washington D.C. to rural Vermont and are raising ducks and geese on a former dairy farm.

The Gold Shaw Farm is a startup based in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. 

The couple’s videos chronicle what they call a start-up farm. And as WBGO’s Jon Kalish reports, their YouTube channel has exploded with popularity.

TYra Brooks
Doug Doyle for WBGO News

Bloomfield College student-athlete Tyra Brooks began her internship in the WBGO News Department this month and like a big part of her most recent semester she'll be doing most of her work online.

Brooks talks about the challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented her as a student and a member of the track team at Bloomfield College in her commentary.

WBGO Community Engagement Reporter Brit Harley is now in her second year at the radio station.  After a successful first year through a Dodge Foundation grant-funded News Voices Fellow, Harley has big plans for year two at WBGO.

Harley's role was created in partnership with the Free Press to bring WBGO News and the Newark community closer together.  She joined WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about her upcoming plans.

Roy Nathanson
Jon Kalish for WBGO News

A Brooklyn jazz musician put together a band that played one song every day for more than two months during the coronavirus pandemic. The musicians gathered outside the home of saxophonist Roy Nathanson and performed for people in the neighborhood.

The daily ritual ended on Father’s Day but the project lives on with now weekly jam sessions and instrument lessons for kids in the area.

You can check out the website here.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature.

"Shelf Life" gets New Life

Jul 5, 2020

The late Paul Bartel was a prolific independent film director who made Eating Raoul and other movies known for their dark humor.

His last film, Shelf Life, was critically acclaimed but never distributed. The movie’s premise, three siblings growing up in a bomb shelter, is resonating with audiences who are sheltering in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After sitting on a shelf for a quarter century, the film is about to have a new life.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's feature.


WBGO commenator Mildred Antenor noticed the divorce rate has soared in several countries during the coronavirus pandemic.

It prompted the professor and author of The Gladioli Are Invisible: A Memoir to give her thoughts on divorce.


New Jersey and New York City residents head into the Fourth of July weekend with several restrictions still in place.

WBGO's Doug Doyle has the rundown.

Da 5 Bloods
Harlan Jacobson

Spike Lee has made some 25 feature films and five documentaries in a career devoted to putting the black American experience onscreen. His latest film is Da 5 Bloods.

Table to Table
Greater Newark Conversancy

The FDA currently estimates that 30 to 40 per cent of all food supply in America is wasted, making it the largest category of material that is sent to landfills. Organizations like Table to Table are on a mission to stop the waste. 

“We pick up from about 150 different donors, the food is distributed to about 250 partner agencies, and last year we picked up enough food for 23 Million meals. It’s an insane amount and if you think that most of it would have just been thrown away, that is the part that is just baffling.”

Spike Doyle
Doug Doyle for WBGO

Francis "Spike" Doyle, Jr. is the reason that this host became a sports fan and played high school sports in Western Pennsylvania.

My dad passed away in his sleep next to his loving wife Josie on May 29, 2020 at the age of 90.   

His wonderful life was honored in Delmont, PA with a military sendoff than included a gun salute and bagpipes.

George Floyd
The New Yorker

I have to say, I went against my better judgement and I watched the video of the murder of George Floyd and it paralyzed me. I could do nothing for 2 days. Trying to understand how someone could take sadistic pleasure in seeing the life slip away from another human being while that person begged for his life to be spared.

Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation
Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation

Cancer affects many of us as about 8.8 million people die from cancer each year.  Our family, friends, colleagues or even ourselves, with the best care, can be subjected to harsh side effects, lengthy treament durations, prohibitive costs and limited accessiblity.  Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, founder of the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation, believes there's a better way.

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, one of the largest non-profit cultural organization in the country is presenting the first-ever Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Live Online, a free special event that will stream live on Saturday, June 20 at 12 pm.

This month's edition of Newark Today was an in-depth discussion on race, policing and police reform in New Jersey's largest city.

Jazz House Kids
Jazz House Kids

"Playing Through The Changes" is a one night only virtual benefit to support the Jazz House Kids Relief Fund.  It's set for this Friday, June 19 at 7:30pm ET on the Jazz House website as well as the nonprofit oganization's YouTube and Facebook page.  

The President and CEO of Jazz House Kids, which has helped nearly 50-thousand young musicians and a NEA recipient, is singer Melissa Walker.  She spoke to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about the event.

Vernon Williams
Summit Interfaith Council

This Sunday, June 14  at 4:30pm, The Summit Interfaith Council is sponsoring a virtual protest and rally with an in-person funeral procession through the streets of Summit to call attention to police brutality and extra-judicial killing of black and brown bodies.

The Rev. Vernon Williams of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, who is also the Vice President of the Summit Interfaith Council, spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about Sunday's event.

George Floyd
NPR/Johannes Eisele/ Getty Images

There’s no doubt that George Floyd’s brutal death in police custody last month has ignited a mass protest movement on a scale not seen since the 1960s. But it remains to be seen just what kind of change will come to pass.

WBGO contributor Bob Hennelly, who is also a reporter with the City Hall reporter for the Chief Leader,  has been covering the issue of race and policing for the last 30 years.   Hennelly spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

DOYLE:   In the Floyd case the officers were fired, arrested and charged. 

Harlan Jacobson
David Tallacksen

In all his years reporting on cinema, our fim critic Harlan Jacobson has never seen 8.5 minutes of footage that has sparked a global call to action, as we’ve witnessed this past week with the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. He recalls a memorable moment of outrage for us now.

Looters Clean Out a Fur Businesses in Chelsea

Jun 6, 2020

This week there was widespread looting in New York City.  In the Chelsea section of Manhattan, where WBGO’s Jon Kalish resides, looters cleaned out a fur business.

Residents of the block responded by throwing bottles from the rooftops and recording videos of the looters with their arms full of fur coats.

Jon reports on what happened.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy on June 4 focused on how New Jersey is handling the protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the latest restrictions in New Jersey concerning the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, practicing social distancing, joined the show from his home.

The show was hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon.